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By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/16 – 6:41 PM PDT |

COLTON >> One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empire’s first campaign office.

Torres, whose district stretches east to Rialto and Bloomington, gave a brief speech explaining her decision to the more than 50 people who gathered for the opening and then joined in making phone calls to encourage people to vote for Clinton.

Clinton built a massive early lead among superdelegates — elected officials and others who account for about 15 percent of the delegates in the Democratic primary, with the rest pledged based on primary or caucus votes — including early endorsements from three of the four superdelegates in the Inland Empire, who are all members of Congress.

Sixty-two of California’s 70 superdelegates have said they will vote for Clinton, with eight undeclared and none supporting Bernie Sanders as of Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Torres, the lone Inland Empire hold-out until last week, said Sunday that she wanted to let the community have its say first.

But she said she was convinced by the need for Democrats to rally together to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump and to elect other Democrats to fight for progressive ideas — something she said Clinton had proven herself more willing and able to do than her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders.

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